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I Saw It Advertised One Day - "Maybe This Batman Guy Will Work Out": Promotional Ads for Famous Superheroes

1962's Strange Tales #95 had an ad for Fantastic Four, but it was already on its third issue by then...

1962's Fantastic Four #5 (Doom's first appearance!) had the first ad for the Incredible Hulk...

Spider-Man's first appearance didn't get an ad, so his first appearance in an ad was for his first issue, also promoting the first appearance of some knockoff of War Machine, in 1963's Fantastic Four #13...

The next month featured the first ads for Thor and Ant-Man...

The next month featured Nick Fury's first ad, along with a sign that they knew they had a winner in Doctor Doom...

1963's Fantastic Four #18 had an ad for an unlikely team of heroes...

along with, later in the issue, a rather halfassed ad for the other book debuting at the same time as the Avengers...

Although the next month, they made up for it with a bigger ad...

1964's Fantastic Four #25 has the first ad for Daredevil...

The Green Goblin was a rare villain to get a spotlight ad in 1964's Fantastic Four #28....

In 1967's Batman #189, Batgirl gets her first ad...

In 1972's Our Army at War #240, we see Jonah Hex's mysterious first ad...

Later that year, in Fantastic Four #123, Luke Cage gets his first ad...

In 1974, Marvel seemed somewhat excited about this new guy who is fighting the Hulk...

In honor of Alex Ross, I'll end with Firestorm's first ad, from 1978's Detective Comics #475...

Maybe in the future I'll do another one of these just for characters who have debuted since 1980!

If you have a suggestion for a future edition of I Saw It Advertised One Day, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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